About Spectrum People

Spectrum People is the independent charity (UK Registered Charity No 1152437) set up in February 2013 by Spectrum Community Health CIC. After an initial 18 months Spectrum People has developed and led many successful activities since 2015.

Spectrum People provides meaningful activities and support for vulnerable adults and young people across the Wakefield district, helping these individuals overcome the barriers in their lives. Working with partner organisations, our projects and events give access to:

  • Safe community spaces providing friendship and support eg Appletree Community Garden and Safe Space, Wakefield
  • Recreational activities aimed at building self-esteem, confidence, and life skills; these are geared to outdoor/green space and the arts
  • Support via Social prescribing and Art Therapy
  • Information about wellbeing opportunities in the local area

We are also committed to raising awareness of factors which affect social inclusion for vulnerable people and working together to help them overcome these challenges.

Individuals who would benefit from Spectrum People’s opportunities tend to be excluded from society as a result of:

  • alcohol, drugs and other addictions
  • unemployment
  • financial hardship
  • homelessness
  • disability, and poor mental or physical health in general
  • previous criminal convictions
  • their personal, social and/or economic position
  • any combination of the above.
  • Anyone that feels they would benefit from meaningful activities.

Meaningful activities help improve wellbeing and therefore vulnerability. We aim to help individuals find and develop skills and experience, and form friendships helping them find new opportunities and strengthen their self-esteem.

The charity also aims to support individual’s family and friend networks and help local communities recognise their strength, power and ability to support each other.

You can become involved in our work by volunteering or making a donation.

Spectrum People is governed by our Board of Trustees who bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the charity. Spectrum People has strong team of dedicated volunteers and workers, who together aim to help improve people’s lives.

Spectrum People Opportunities

The charity currently offers a wide range of opportunities that beneficiaries can access on an ongoing basis.

  • Apple Tree Community Garden in Agbrigg, Wakefield
  • Art Therapy
  • Social Prescribing
  • Suicide Prevention training
  • Make Every Contact Count (MECC) training
  • Bespoke activities
  • Safe Space Wakefield

Find out more about these opportunities here

Dawn Bland, Campaigning Poet and Artist.

Spectrum People have supported Dawn through the years and have had the pleasure of watching her grow into an inspiring person not just within our community but across the world.  Dawn has now written 3 poetry books with the support of the charity, “Into the Dawn” (out of print), “Appletree: Sowing the Seeds of Change in Agbrigg” and “2020: The Other Side”. Proceeds from the sale of these books are donated back to the charity by Dawn.

Find out more about her books and where to buy them see below.

Into the Dawn

Spectrum People, Wakefield Baptist Church and CAP all supported Dawn in producing this book. It helped significantly with Dawn’s mental health issues; Dawn wrote it to help support other people. This book is now out of print.

Appletree: Sowing the Seeds of Change in Agbrigg

This poetry book is inspired by Appletree Community Garden in Agbrigg, Wakefield; its beauty and the positivity it brings to those who enjoy what it has to offer. The artwork you see throughout has been created by the community to connect with Appletree and the poetry is written by Dawn Bland. It tells the story of Appletree throughout the seasons, emphasising how the garden helps the physical and mental health of those who visit.

Buy it here: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/115107989576

2020: The Other Side

The third poetry book from Dawn Bland exploring the ups and downs of 2020. A unique insight into the mind of Dawn Bland, linking with those most vulnerable during the first period of lockdown. 2020: The Other Side highlights harsh realities using poetry and art to illustrate this.

Buy it here: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/115107989574